Joel McCrea

Cowboy Actor Joel McCrea Dies at 84

Cowboy Actor Joel McCrea Dies at 84

Joel McCrea, a real-life cowboy who became one of the best of Hollywood's make-believe saddle heroes, died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 84.

Eileen Singer Brown, hospital supervisor, said McCrea died at 4:50 a.m. of pulmonary complications. She said he had been a patient a short time, and that his wife of 57 years, actress Frances Dee, had been constantly at his bedside.

McCrea's last public appearance was Oct. 1 when he attended a Beverly Hills fund-raising dinner for Republican Sen. Pete Wilson, who is campaigning for governor. Paramount Pictures executive producer A.C. Lyles, a friend of McCrea's for many years, said...